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  • Today is a very special episode because, for the first time ever, today’s lesson will be brought to you by one of our very own Maxwell Leadership Thought Leaders, Jeff Henderson! Jeff is going to share how vision is a team sport and how you can grow your people from simply benefitting from the mission to participating in the mission of your organization.

    The more vision-carriers you have, the more vision-casters you have! So, be sure to listen and learn how you can take your organization to the next level.

    Our BONUS resource for this episode is the “Vision Is a Team Sport Worksheet,” which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/TeamSport and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    References:

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    Know What You’re FOR by Jeff Henderson (Use code PODCAST at checkout for 15% off this week only)

    Book Jeff Henderson as a Speaker FOR Your Organization

    Register for Personal Growth Day!

    Relevant Episode: Great Leaders Are Great Teachers

    Shop the Maxwell Leadership Online Store

  • Did you know that growth is the only guarantee that tomorrow will be better? Whether you’ve heard John Maxwell say that 1 time or 1,000 times, it’s true! How can you be better tomorrow if you don’t grow today? In this episode, John Maxwell shares the Law of Intentionality and challenges us to close the growth gaps in our lives. He also, provides you with an intentional growth plan that you can begin to implement immediately after you listen to this episode!

    After John’s lesson, Mark Cole will be joined by Chris Goede to talk about being an intentional leader and how they apply these principles from John’s lesson to their own leadership here at Maxwell Leadership.

    Our BONUS resource for this episode is the “Get Intentional With Your Growth Worksheet,” which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Intentional and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    This episode is sponsored by BELAY––the incredible organization revolutionizing productivity with their virtual assistants, accounting services, social media managers, and website specialists for growing businesses just like yours. Get BELAY’s latest ebook, Lead Anyone from Anywhere, for free, and learn how to make your hybrid workforce just as effective, if not more, than a brick-and-mortar organization! Just text the word MAXWELL to 55123 for your free copy today!

    References:

    Watch this episode on YouTube

    The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell (Use code PODCAST at checkout for 15% off this week only)

    Relevant Episode: Great Leaders Are Great Teachers

    Sign up for the Maxwell Leadership Growth Plan

    Shop the Maxwell Leadership Online Store

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  • Whenever we’re faced with problems and challenges that we’ve never navigated before, we need to leverage our most creative thinkers. But creativity can’t just be turned on with the flip of a switch. To harness creativity, you have to create a climate in which it can thrive. So today, John Maxwell shares seven tips on how you can promote a climate for creative thinking in your team or organization.

    After John’s lesson, Mark Cole and Traci Morrow talk about some of the ways they promote creativity and how it helps them navigate unique obstacles and foster new ideas at Maxwell Leadership.

    Our BONUS resource for this episode is the “Creating a Climate for Creative Thinking Worksheet,” which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Creative and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    References:

    How Successful People Think Online Course (Use code PODCAST at checkout for 15% off this week only)

    The 6 Types of Working Genius by Patrick Lencioni

    Relevant episode: Discover Your Working Genius with Patrick Lencioni

    Relevant episode: Not In It to Win It with Andy Stanley

  • Happy New Year, podcast family! We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season, and we hope you’re excited for all that this year holds for you. The New Year always brings with it big ambitions, big dreams, and big change! And much of that change starts with you, the leader.

    So, we wanted to start this year off right by hearing from John Maxwell about personal change. You see, you cannot give what you do not have. Before you can make big change in your organization, your family, or your community, that change has to begin within you. So, John is going to share some thoughts on change, then Mark Cole and Becky Bursell will offer some practical ways that you can apply these principles to your own leadership this year.

    Our BONUS resource for this episode is the “Change Starts with You Worksheet,” which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/StartChange and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    References:

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    Change Your World by John C. Maxwell

    Relevant Episode: How to Handle Resistance

    Sign up for the Maxwell Leadership Growth Plan!

    Shop the Maxwell Leadership Online Store

  • As you will learn in this lesson, values determine the foundation of your team. That means whatever you hope for for your team, organization, family, or community all starts with what you value! In this lesson, John Maxwell will share the vital role values play in your organization. You’ll even hear the original values of John’s organization.

    After John’s lesson, Mark Cole and Traci Morrow talk about those values, how they have evolved into our values today, and how they serve the organization and the vision of Maxwell Leadership. Don’t miss this episode if you want to create powerful, positive impact in your team, family, or community.

    Our BONUS resource for this episode is the “Value Your Values Worksheet,” which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Values and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    References:

    Watch this episode on YouTube

    Enroll in the Change Your World Online Course (use code PODCAST for 15% at checkout this week only)

    Relevant Episode: The Leader Who Motivates

    Sign up for the Maxwell Leadership Growth Plan

    Shop the Maxwell Leadership Online Store

  • If you’ve been listening to the podcast over the past few years, you know that we like to do something special for our listeners on our Christmas episode each year. This year, we’re doing it again! One of our thought leaders, Tim Elmore, released a new book called A New Kind of Diversity. We even had a conversation with him about it back in August.

    Recently, Tim released the audio book version of his book, and we’d like to gift you with chapter one, read by Tim himself! We can’t wait for you to hear it! We think this book will be a game changer for the different generations in your organization and make a huge impact in your company, family, and community.

    Listen here!

    We won’t have any application on the back end of the episode like usual, or a Bonus Resource. So, please sit back, take notes, and enjoy learning about how to make the different generations on your team a competitive advantage!

  • Last week we learned that great teachers know it’s all about the student. They even know their students as well as their material. In this episode, John continues his lesson on how great leaders are great teachers and offers two more tips on how to become a better guide for the people you lead!

    For the application portion of the episode, Mark Cole and Chris Goede discuss creating a safe environment for students to learn, and the important roles that passion and purpose play when it comes to being a great guide.

    Our BONUS resource for this episode is the “Great Leaders Are Great Teachers Worksheet,” which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Teacher and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    References:

    Watch this episode on YouTube

    Become a Maxwell Leadership Corporate Facilitator

    Sign up for the Maxwell Leadership Growth Plan

    Intentional Living by John C. Maxwell (Use code COLOMBIA at checkout for 15% off this week only)

    The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership 25th Anniversary Edition by John C. Maxwell (Use code COLOMBIA at checkout for 15% off this week only)

  • The best teachers show you where to look without telling you what to see. This week we’re starting a new series on how great leaders are great teachers where John Maxwell offers tips on how leaders like you can improve your ability to teach and be a guide for those you lead.

    In the application portion of this episode, Mark Cole and Chris Goede discuss John’s lesson and how they currently apply it within their own teams. They offer some practical application as well, so you don’t want to miss this insightful conversation.

    Our BONUS resource for this series is the “Great Leaders Are Great Teachers Worksheet,” which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Teacher and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    This episode is sponsored by BELAY––the incredible organization revolutionizing productivity with their virtual assistants, accounting services, social media managers, and website specialists for growing businesses just like yours. Get BELAY’s latest resource, 9 Reasons to Rethink Your Approach to Staffing, for free! Just text the word MAXWELL to 55123 for your free copy today!

    References:

    Watch this episode on YouTube!

    Become a Maxwell Leadership Facilitator

    Sign up for the Maxwell Leadership Growth Plan

    Relevant Episode: Transferring the Vision to the Heart and the Head

  • As John Maxwell says often, “Success is not a destination, it’s a journey.” That means that leaders never arrive. They never cross a finish line because they’re continually trying to grow beyond who they were yesterday. John has some helpful reminders in this lesson about practices we can put into our own lives to enhance our day-to-day journey of growth.

    After John’s lesson, Mark Cole will be joined by Traci Morrow to offer some practical application to help you apply this lesson to your own life and leadership. So, if you want to be better tomorrow than you are today, don’t miss this episode!

    Our BONUS resource for this episode is the “Three Words that Enhance Continual Learning Worksheet,” which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/ContinueLearning and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    References:

    Watch this episode on YouTube!

    Take the FREE Values Assessment and FREE Journey in the Maxwell Leadership Growth Plan

    Relevant Episode: Your Year in Review

    Relevant Episode: Leadership Limitations

  • As most of you know, tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the U.S. In fact, if you’re listening to this episode on the day it releases, today is one of the biggest travel days of the year. That’s because many people are traveling to gather with friends and family to spend time celebrating the things they’re grateful for. Well, this holiday got our podcast team thinking about what it takes to gather great people around you. And we’ve come up with a great lesson from John on 9 tips for attracting top players to your team.

    After John’s lesson, Mark Cole will be joined by Traci Morrow to talk about what practices they put in place to attract great people onto their teams and how to apply the principles in this lesson to your own leadership.

    Our BONUS resource for this episode is the “How to Gather Great People Around You Worksheet,” which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Gather and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    This episode is sponsored by BELAY––the incredible organization revolutionizing productivity with their virtual assistants, accounting services, social media managers, and website specialists for growing businesses just like yours. And to help you get started on reclaiming your time, BELAY is offering an exclusive VIP promotion to our podcast listeners. To claim this offer, just text MAXWELL to 55123. Get out of the administrative weeds, and back to casting vision for Your Next Big Thing with BELAY.

    References:

    Watch This Episode on YouTube

    Teammate by David Ross and Don Yaeger

    Relevant Episode: Impact Players with Liz Wiseman

    Signup for the Maxwell Leadership Growth Plan

    Shop the Maxwell Leadership Online Store

  • When your people understand the vision, it gives them direction and confidence. These are two critical elements if you and your team want to create powerful, positive impact. In this lesson, John is going to talk about the two ways your vision needs to appeal to your people: emotionally (that deals with the heart), and logically (that deals with the head).

    For the application portion of this episode, Mark Cole is joined by Traci Morrow to discuss the importance of transferring vision to their teams, and how they live out these principles within their own leadership.

    Our BONUS resource for this episode is the “Transferring Vision to the Heart and the Head Worksheet,” which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Heart and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    References:

    Watch this episode on YouTube!

    The 5 Levels of Leadership by John C. Maxwell (use code PODCAST at checkout for 15% off this week only)

    Relevant Episode: Leader-Vision: How to See and Sculpt the Future

    Sign up for the Maxwell Leadership Growth Plan!

    Shop the Maxwell Leadership Online Store

  • Last week, we talked about how resistance is inevitable, and how to leverage your team through resistance. This week, John Maxwell concludes his lesson and offers seven new ways to handle resistance in your organization, your team, and your life.

    For the application portion of this episode, Mark Cole and Becky Bursell will help you navigate this impactful lesson by John and offer ways to apply this to your own life and leadership!

    Our BONUS resource for this series is the “How to Handle Resistance Worksheet,” which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Resistance and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    References:

    Watch this episode on YouTube

    Enroll in the new 21 Laws of Leadership Online Course

    The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell

    Relevant Episode: Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess with Dr. Caroline Leaf

    Shop the Maxwell Leadership Online Store

  • Today we’re talking about something that every leader has experienced, is currently experiencing, and will experience throughout their life. We’re talking about resistance. One fundamental law of physics says that movement creates friction. So, if you’re a growing leader, a leader who is creating powerful, positive change, then you will experience resistance as well. But, as Jon Kabat-Zinn says, “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” The same goes for resistance––it’s inevitable. But are you the kind of leader who will succumb to it, or will you work through it?

    In this series, John Maxwell teaches thirteen ways to handle resistance. Then Mark Cole and Becky Bursell dig into some of the ways resistance has shaped their leadership and has taught them to be better leaders.

    Our BONUS resource for this series is the “How to Handle Resistance Worksheet,” which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Resistance and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    References:

    Watch this episode on YouTube

    Enroll in the new 21 Laws of Leadership Online Course!

    Sign up for the Maxwell Leadership Growth Plan

    Shop the Maxwell Leadership Online Store

  • It’s leaders like you who help us make an impact in our world. So, it’s our joy each and every week to have you learn and grow with us as leaders. This week, we get to learn from an incredible first-time guest on the podcast, Liz Wiseman!

    Liz is a world-renown researcher and best-selling author of the book Multipliers. She teaches leaders and executives all around the world to sharpen their skills and transform their organization. Liz is also the CEO of The Wiseman Group where they help transform organizations by maximizing impact and multiplying intelligence. Today, we’re going to dive into Liz’s new book, Impact Players, and how it can help leaders identify those on their team who possess the qualities that will take their organization to the next level.

    Our BONUS resource for this episode is the “Impact Players Worksheet,” which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from Liz and Mark’s conversation. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/ImpactPlayers and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    References:

    Watch this episode on YouTube

    Impact Players by Liz Wiseman

    TheWisemanGroup.com

    Relevant Episode: Ten Tools for Gaining a New Perspective

    Sign up for the Maxwell Leadership Growth Plan!

    Shop the Maxwell Leadership Store

  • Today, we’re talking about Motivation. Leaders who are skilled at motivating their people have higher employee retention, see more success in their businesses, and have teams that believe in their vision. That’s why John Maxwell is going to share three things you need to embrace to become a leader who motivates.

    After John’s lesson, Mark Cole and Traci Morrow discuss how they use these principles to motivate their own teams.

    Our BONUS resource for this episode is “The Leader Who Motivates Worksheet,” which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Motivated and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    References:

    Watch this episode on YouTube

    Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by John C. Maxwell (Use code PODCAST at checkout for 15% off this week only)

    Relevant Episode: Goal Conscious vs. Growth Conscious

    Sign up for the Maxwell Leadership Growth Plan!

    Shop the Maxwell Leadership Online Store

  • Great leadership rests on a great irony––to lead you must serve. To be first, you must be last. This week, we have a necessary, yet uncomfortable leadership conversation with our good friend, Andy Stanley, about his new book, Not In It to Win It.

    This conversation is unique because it’s the first of its kind on the Maxwell Leadership Podcast. That’s because this episode is geared toward leaders, specifically church leaders, who have found themselves poorly navigating the current, often volatile, politically charged leadership landscape we exist in today.

    As you’ll learn, many church leaders have allowed political divisiveness to take president over values-based, people-centric, servant leadership––the kind of leadership that builds bridges, not walls.

    Whether you’re a leader in the church or not, we invite you into this conversation to learn about the importance of values-based leadership in all areas of the leadership landscape. If you’re a church leader, we hope you take this to heart as we learn from one of the greatest leadership teachers in history––Jesus of Nazareth. If you’re not a church leader, or even a person of faith, we invite you to consider this a case study about what happens when leaders put personal agendas before people.

    So, what can you expect out of this conversation? You can expect to walk away with a better understanding of how to serve those you lead, because everyone deserves to be led well.

    Our BONUS resource for this episode is the “Not In It to Win It with Andy Stanley Worksheet,” which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Andy and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    References:

    Watch this episode on YouTube

    Not In It to Win It by Andy Stanley

    The Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast

    The Maxwell Leadership Growth Plan App

    MaxwellLeadership.com

    The Maxwell Leadership Online Store

  • This week, we continue our series on Leadership Limitations! Last week, in part one, John Maxwell shared the four major factors that determine the limitations of the people we lead. This week, in part two, John will teach on the five factors that determine how far we as leaders can take our people.

    After John’s lesson, Mark Cole will be joined again by his amazing co-host, Traci Morrow, as they dive into John’s lesson and offer some ways that you can apply these principles to your own life and leadership! They also continue their discussion of Traci’s new book Real-life Marriage! Don’t forget to get your copy and dig in with Mark and Traci in this episode!

    Our BONUS resource for this series is the “Leadership Limitations Worksheet,” which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Limit and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    References:

    Watch this episode on YouTube!

    Real-life Marriage by Traci Morrow

    Developing The Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell (use code PODCAST for 15% off at checkout this week only)

    Download the Maxwell Leadership Growth Plan

    Get Your Tickets to Live2Lead!

    Relevant Episode: What to Do Next with Jeff Henderson

  • Do you think great leaders have the ability to lead anyone and everyone? The answer may surprise you. You see, there are factors that limit how far others are able to go and how far we, as leaders, can take them. Today, Mark Cole and Traci Morrow begin a new series on Leadership Limitations.

    In part one, John Maxwell will teach the four major factors that determine the limitations of the people we lead. Next week, in part two, John will teach on the five factors that determine how far we, as leaders, can take our people.

    Our BONUS resource for this series is the “Leadership Limitations Worksheet,” which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by clicking “Download the Bonus Resource” below.

    References:

    Watch this episode on YouTube!

    Real-life Marriage by Traci Morrow

    Developing The Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell (use code PODCAST for 15% off at checkout this week only)

    Download the Maxwell Leadership Growth Plan

    Get Your Tickets to Live2Lead!

    The Three E’s of Developing Leaders

  • This week, we’re talking about a word that often comes to mind when we think of leadership. And that word is “wisdom.” As Sandra Carey says, “Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.” So, in today’s lesson, John Maxwell is going to share his own thoughts on wisdom, and what it really means to be a wise leader. Plus, he also shares some thoughts on wisdom from Benjamin Franklin.

    Once, John is done with his lesson, Mark Cole and Chris Goede discuss John’s lesson, the role that wisdom plays in their leadership, and what it truly looks like to “live skillfully.”

    Our BONUS resource for this episode is “The Wise Leader Worksheet,” which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Wise and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    References:

    Watch this episode on YouTube!

    Download the Maxwell Leadership Growth Plan

    Purchase your Live2Lead tickets!

    The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership 25th Anniversary Ed. by John C. Maxwell (use code PODCAST at checkout for 15% off this week only)

    Relevant Episode: Success Is For Everyone

    Shop the Maxwell Leadership Online Store

  • Podcast family, the way you think about your own leadership strengths and abilities is about to change! That’s because in today’s episode, Mark Cole is joined by his and John’s long-time friend Patrick Lencioni. Pat is one of the founders of The Table Group and is the pioneer of the organizational health movement. He is the author of 12 books, which have sold over 7 million copies, and have been translated into more than 30 languages.

    As President of the Table Group, Pat spends his time speaking and writing about leadership, teamwork, and organizational health and consulting with executives and their teams. We can say personally, our team at Maxwell Leadership is better because of Pat and the rest of our friends at The Table Group.

    In this episode Pat shares about his new book The 6 Types of Working Genius: A Better Way to Understand Your Gifts, Your Frustrations, and Your Team, which releases at the end of September. This book is a companion to the impactful assessment Pat and his team created last year, The 6 Types of Working Genius. If you want to understand yourself and your team better in order to be healthier and more efficient, be sure to pre-order The 6 Types of Working Genius, and take the assessment!

    This episode is sponsored by BELAY––the incredible organization revolutionizing productivity with their virtual assistants, accounting services, social media managers, and website specialists for growing businesses just like yours. To get started on reclaiming your time, BELAY is offering an exclusive VIP promotion to our podcast listeners. Just text the word MAXWELL to 55123 to claim this offer!

    References:

    The 6 Types of Working Genius Book

    The 6 Types of Working Genius Assessment

    The Table Group

    Download the Maxwell Leadership Growth Plan

    Shop the Maxwell Leadership Online Store